Land Navigation 1


The Land Navigation 1 course will give you the basics of moving through an area using nothing but a map and compass.  Map reading has nearly become a lost art in the modern day of GPS and cell phones, but what happens when those items fail?  Many wilderness emergencies happen because somebody gets “lost.”  This course will give you the tools and skills to find your way with confidence.  Knowing how to navigate will increase your situational awareness and safety in nearly any environment.


The course will cover the following topics: 

  • Choosing and using a compass

  • Map reading and plotting

  • Route planning

  • Dead reckoning

  • Navigating around obstacles

  • Navigation in adverse conditions

  • Finding your location if lost

  • Basic terrain navigation

  • Basics of navigating without a compass

  • Night navigation



  • Compass (Baseplate compass with mirror desired)

  • Flashlight or headlamp

  • Clothing appropriate for the weather

  • Note-taking materials


Recommended Equipment:

  • Pace Beads

  • Individual First Aid Kit (IFAK)


Maps and protractors will be provided. 


Meals and snacks will NOT be provided for this course.  This course will run into the night.  Time will be given for lunch and dinner.


Pre-requisites: None


Cost: $250